Mark Scherer, PhD
Seminary Faculty Associate
Dr. Mark Albert Scherer, faculty associate for the Community of Christ Seminary at Graceland University, lives in Independence, Missouri, and has retired as the Community of Christ World Church historian.
Born and raised in Independence, Dr. Scherer attended Graceland College in Lamoni from 1968 to 1972. Following graduation, he launched a twenty-two-year teaching career in secondary public education and earned a Master of Arts in American History through the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1977. In September 1994, Scherer left public education to continue his pursuit of higher education, accepting the position of assistant historian, which was necessary to complete his doctoral course work.
Upon finalization of his course studies, Dr. Scherer became World Church historian in May 1995. As World Church historian, Dr. Scherer advised the councils, quorums and orders of the Community of Christ in matters of historical interpretation. His additional responsibilities included teaching in the Community of Christ seminary at Graceland University, gathering oral histories and administering the World Church Jurisdictional History program. In the summer of 2009, Dr. Scherer served as acting World Church archivist, as well.
Dr. Scherer left church employment and joined the Graceland University seminary faculty full time as an associate professor of history. In 2010, after a year full-time with the seminary, he returned to World Church employment as church historian and retired at the end of June 2016. In July 2016, Dr. Scherer accepted a full-time position as archivist for Unity Village in Missouri.
Dr. Scherer achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (history and education) from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1998. He researched and wrote a three-volume history of the Community of Christ religious movement and titled the trilogy Journey of a People. The first two volumes were released in the spring of 2013, and the final volume appeared in June 2016.
Active in his community, Dr. Scherer has served as a member of the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award committee for the City of Independence, Missouri, for more than a decade. A strong advocate for ecumenism, Dr. Scherer has served as an adjunct graduate professor of history at the United Methodist-sponsored Baker University, the American Baptist-sponsored Ottawa University and Park University, once sponsored by the Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Scherer taught a course at Baker University on American frontier history associated with his family-owned Arabia Steamboat Museum in downtown Kansas City and has served as president of the John Whitmer Historical Association.
Dr. Scherer enjoys reading, dwelling in and making sense of the past. He is a bona fide political junkie, plays a pretty good round of golf and enjoys being with his family (although not necessarily in that order). His greatest challenge is in "keeping theologians historically honest."